Funded Projects

Encouraging Fresh Perspectives

Social Justice Research Fellowships

The Social Justice Institute Leadership Collective represents a wide variety of disciplines and research interests and are always looking to expand their knowledge and extend the university's reach. Case Western Reserve University professors and students are no less inquisitive and are committed to pursuing social justice in a myriad of ways. 

To encourage innovation and scholarship, the institute has established a Social Justice Research Fellowship Program that, through grants, funds faculty and student research that advances social justice work, from humanistic inquiry to action research.

Previous grants have supported proposals that focus on issues that are both local and global. From youth development to elderly care; from political systems to individual recovery efforts, these projects have represented the same diversity as their recipients. The Social Justice Institute is proud to announce the faculty, graduate and undergraduate research fellows, past and present:


Center for Engineering Action Leadership Team
Center for Engineering Action (CEngA) Symposium on Responsible Community Partnerships
Andrew Rollins, Kurt Rhoads, Umut Gurkan, and Lynn Rollins
Center for Engineering Action Leadership Team

Shai White

Race, Food and Justice 2020: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens

Shaii White

Application Coordinator, Graduate Admissions, Weatherhead School of Management




Sing my Brother, Sing! Say what’s on your mind; Do it with a rhyme! with Dr. David L. Moody

Loretta Laffitte-Griffin

Coordinator, CWRU Cashier's Office


Photo of Dr. Marsha Michie professor at Case Western Reserve University

Clinician Perspectives on Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

Marsha Michie
Assistant Professor of Bioethics 

Project collaboration with Kavita Shah Arora + Aaron J. Goldenberg


Photograph of Avidan Cover in front of the Israel-Palestinian border wall with grafitti

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Avidan Y. Cover
Associate Professor of Law 

Photograph of anthropology professor Lee Hoffer

Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland's Opioid Crisis

Lee Hoffer
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Project Collaboration with Allison Schlosser

Photographs of Janet McGrath and Andrew Rollins

Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative (AEC): Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

Janet W. McGrath
Professor of Anthropology

Andrew Rollins

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine

Portrait of Matthew Rossman

In Search Of . . . Smarter and Fairer Approaches to Federal Tax Subsidies

Matthew J. Rossman
Professor of Law

View the research abstract and article here.

Diana with two students in front of a bookcase

Lost and Found - Collective Identity Recovery through Legacy

Diana Bilimoria
KeyBank Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management

Project collaboration with Morgan Bulger + Keimei Sugiyama

Portrait of Cassi Pittman

Forest Hill Neighborhood Study - How Racial and Cultural Affinities Inform Residential Preferences and Considerations of Neighborhood Desirability

Cassi Pittman
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Portrait of Kelly McMann

The Quest for Rights & Justice in Authoritarian Enclaves

Kelly McMann
Associate Professor of Political Science


Picture of Timothy Black

Masculinities, Fatherhood, and Marginalized Urban Communities

Timothy Black
Associate Professor of Sociology



Portrait of Daniel Lacks

An Interdisciplinary Engineering-focused Social Justice Capstone

Daniel Lacks
C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering


Photograph of Luma AlMasarweh

Being and Belonging: Transnational Lives of Second Generation Arab Americans 

Luma AlMasarweh
Graduate Student, Sociology

Photograph of Brooke Jespersen

Mobility, Agency, and Inequality in Late-Life: Approaching Puerto Rican Elderhood from an Intersectional Life Course Perspective

Brooke Jespersen
Graduate Student, Anthropology

Photograph of Julie Schexnayder

Exploring the Role of PrEP Implementation Strategies in Reducing Disparities to HIV Prevention Services

Julie Schexnayder
Graduate Student, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Photograph of Michael Slone

Crowded Work: A Participant-Observation Study of Platform Labor

Michael R. Slone
Graduate Student, Sociology

Photograph of Uriel Kim SJI Fellow CWRU PhD student

Reducing Lung Cancer Disparities at a Community Scale using a Multilevel, Data-driven Approach

Uriel Kim
Graduate Student, Clinical Translational Science

Photograph of Sonya Petrakovitz CWRU Medical Anthropology PhD SJI Research Fellow

Ancestral Medicine and Cultural Persistence: Community Resistance to Colonialism and Cultural Commodification on Rapa Nui

Sonya Petrakovitz
Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology

Photograph of Lacey Caporale Case Western Reserve University sociology student

An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood

Lacey Caporale
Graduate Student, Sociology

Portrait of Liz Nalepa

The Effects of TRAP Laws on the Timing of Abortion

Elizabeth Nalepa
Graduate Student, Sociology

Portrait of Megan Schmidt-Sane

Masculinity, Gender Norms and HIV Risk in Low-Income Communities in Kampala, Uganda: An ethnographic pilot study

Megan Schmidt-Sane
Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology 

Portrait of Frank Manzella

Transnational Health Care in Urban Brazil

Frank Manzella
Graduate Student, Anthropology


Portrait of Allison Schlosser

Belonging and Experience: An Ethnographic Study of Addiction Treatment in the Post-Welfare United States

Allison Schlosser
Graduate Student, Anthropology

Portrait of Yan Zhang

Family Care Arrangement and Elder Mistreatment for Dementia Patients in China

Yan Zhang
Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology


Tim O'shea

Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid with Dr. Richard Falk

Tim O'Shea

Undergraduate Student


Photograph of Leo Ndiaye Case Western Reserve University student and recipient of SJI fellowship

Fish and Gender Displacement: Actor-Networks of Community Fisheries Management in Senegal  

Leo Ndiaye
Junior, Environmental and International Studies

photograph of Jennifer Nielsen CWRU SJI Research Fellow

Examining HIV Prevalence and Risk Behavior within Johannesburg Townships Affected Differently by Apartheid

Jennifer Nielsen
Junior, Medical Anthropology and Public Health

Portrait of MaryTherese Escueta

"I Do Wanna Dance": The Lived Experiences of Professional Dancers of Color

MaryTherese Escueta
Senior, Sociology and Dance


Portrait of Anjana Renganathan

A Dynamic Analysis and History of Street Medics in the United States

Anjana Renganathan
Senior, Biology


Portrait of Suneil Kamath

Hip-Hop Education and Learning (HEAL)

Suneil Kamath
Sophomore, Business Management